A 21-year-old man was charged with drug dealing yesterday in Banteay Meanchey’s Sisophon town after a raid that also saw 18 alleged users rounded up and sent to the provincial drug rehabilitation centre, police said.
The suspect, Uk Pros, and the 18 others were arrested at the train station in Sisophon town. Pros was sent to the provincial court, according to Phin Sindet, director of the Anti-Drug Office.
“The court has charged the man, the drug dealer, because he bought and distributed the drugs, and the rest are the drug consumers and I concluded that they have to be sent to the drug rehabilitation centre of the [provincial] Department of Social Affairs,” he said.
Sindet added that an elderly woman suspected of being an active drug distributor in the area was also targeted in the raid, but she managed to escape from her home in Sisophon before police arrived.
The woman has several sons in prison for drug trafficking, Sindet said, and without steady income, she took up the trade herself. She had also been arrested and imprisoned a few times, according to Sindet.
In the raid, police detained a total of 22 people – not counting Pros – but four were released after authorities determined that they were not involved.